Satan worship

Article

January 19, 2022

Satan worship refers to the worship of Satan or personalized evil in general. Satan worship should not be confused with Satanism, a hedonistic religious doctrine that uses symbols associated with Satan.

Research

According to scholars who have criticized the so-called satanic panic, witch-hunter-type satanic panic has been maintained in the Christian cultural circle in the West since the 1970s as a safety valve for community hostility. Satanic hysteria has been used to maintain the moral system adopted by the communities. General uncertainty and invisible threats have been associated with Satan. In Finland, Merja Hermonen published a dissertation in the field of religious studies, Dark Glow: Satan Worship and Satanism in Finnish Youth Culture in the 1990s. The image of Satan worship in the Finnish media has been studied by Titus Hjelm, a religious scholar, in his dissertation Satan Worship, Media and Finnish Society, published in 2005. Among other things, Hjelm's dissertation shows how revivalist Christian circles, together with the media, were involved in creating the phenomenon of Satan worship in the early 1990s: most of the Satan worship experts interviewed by the media were revivalist.

See also

Luciferism

Sources

Hermonen, Merja: Dark Glow: Satanism and Satan Worship in the Finnish Youth Culture of the 1990s. Dissertation, University of Helsinki. Youth Research Network & Youth Research Society. Publications 64. Helsinki: Loki Books, 2006. ISBN 951-825-039-1. Hjelm, Titus: Satan Worship, Media and Finnish Society. Dissertation, University of Helsinki. Youth Research Network & Youth Research Society. Publications 55. Helsinki: Yliopistopaino: Nuorisotutkimusverkosto, 2005. ISBN 951-570-619-X.

References

Elsewhere on this topic Marko Nenonen: Worship of Satan is a young cult. Science 2000 1/1999. Ex-Satan worshipers Päivi Niemi. Yle's Living Archive. Matti Rämö: Damn the horns. Student Magazine 6/2006. Yle's Living Archive: Can Satan Worship?

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